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132                                               THE BAJ>BHATHA JS1UND.
no., KamesTat at Kamaf Chakresvar at Gobardhan? and Gopesvar at Brinda-
ban, A mela Is held by the Balbhadra-kund OH the fall moon of Sravan, the
feast of the Saltino. The pond was partiaEy cleaned oat and repaired as a relief
work during ihe late famine^ and? as the Airing navigation channel terminates
in a reservoir close by, there will now be no difficulty in keeping it always filled
with water. This branch of the canal has a length of eight or nine miles,
with two loek% one at Ganesra, the other immediately opposite the Chanrasi
temple. For some little distance it runs directly under the Dhul-kot^ or old
city wall.
Of the many little shrines that cluster about the Balbnadra-knnd, one is
dedicated to Balaxama under his title of Bau-ji, * the elder brother ;' another
to GuneSj and a third to Nar-Sinha, i the man-lion/ the fourth incarnation
of Vishnu. According to the Iegend3 there was an impious king, b" name
ffiranya Kasipiij who claimed universal sovereignty over all powers on earth3
in heaven, and helL No one had the hardihood to oppose him? save his own
sons the pious prince Prahlad, who was for ever singing the praises of the
great god Vishnu. " If," said the king, " your god is everywhere present,
let him now show himself in this pillar which I strike." At the word the
pillar parted in twain and revealed the god in terrible form, half lion half
man, who seized the boastful monarch and tore him in pieces and devoured him.
In an adjoining orchard called the K&zi's Bagh is a small modem mosque,
and in connection with it a curious square building of red sand-stone. It now
encloses a Muhaaimadan tomb, and in all probability was originally constructed
for that purpose, though it has nothing Saracenic about it and is a good
specimen of the pure Hindu style of architecture, with characteristic columns and
square architraves supported on brackets instead of arches. Similarly, almost all
the oldest buildings that now remain in ancl about the city are houses or tombs,
that were constructed, for Muhammadans by Hindus and in purely Hindu style.
At the present day all the new buildings are intended for Hindu use, but
their architectural forms have been greatly modified by Muhammadan influ-
After leaving, the great entrance to the katra? the Dehli road passes a ma-
sonry well* called c SaibjaV in commemoration of the miracle which Krishna
wrought in straightening the hump-backed maiden who met him there. The
* ImniiMj c-pposi^e Ibtt wdi a fragment of a sculptured Buddhist pillar baa been set np, an
metres rtllgww Iwowm u tepresoitiag the Hindu goddess De?i.